Quickly Noted: The Cost of Business
There’s been a lot of debate lately on stimulus packages and about things being “shovel ready” and ways to get people back to work. (I can tell you one industry that needs the first and can handle the second two.) Wending its way through Congress right now is a huge stimulus package intended to do start some sort of economic recovery.
There was a little note on CIDRAP’s news page about what type of spending would be included in this package that I thought you all might find interesting:
The House bill includes $900 million for biomedical advanced research and development, pandemic flu, and cyber security to help the nation better prevent or respond to a natural or man-made biological threat, according to a Jan 15 statement from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group in Washington, DC.
The House plan also includes $3 billion for disease prevention, including funding for state and local health departments and immunization programs, and $20 billion for health information technology.
The bill recently passed the House of Representatives, and a similar bill will be voted on by the Senate soon.
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